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Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016)

Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire) (2016)

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Jean (Tahar Rahim), a young Parisian with few skills and even fewer prospects, seems an unlikely candidate for assistant to famed photographer Stéphane (Olivier Gourmet), an obsessive perfectionist living in isolation since his wife's unexpected death. Yet he soon finds himself in his new employer's vast, decaying mansion, helping to create life-sized daguerrotypes so vivid they seem almost to contain some portion of their subjects' souls. Their model is most often Stéphane's daughter and muse, Marie (Constance Rousseau), and as she and Jean fall in love they realize they must hatch a plot to leave Stéphane's haunted world forever. But is there something malevolent within the massive daguerrotypes that will prevent their escape? From acclaimed Japanese master Kiyoshi Kurosawa (Creepy, Pulse), comes Daguerrotype, a classic ghost story bent through the lens of one of the most singular horror visionaries at work today

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Critic Reviews for Daguerrotype (Le secret de la chambre noire)

All Critics (11) | Top Critics (2)

An essential ingredient of Kurosawa's crepuscular style seems to have been lost in translation: his dream logic.

November 1, 2017 | Rating: C+ | Full Review…

Needlessly elongated, amorphous, under-cooked.

September 12, 2016 | Full Review…
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If Kurosawa is not going to meld story and style I can only suggest that he study his earlier, creepier horror films.

November 8, 2017 | Rating: 6/10 | Full Review…

slow-burning ghost story Daguerrotype concerns present absences: the 'e' missing from the centre of its title foreshadows the dead subjects mummified in Stéphane's daguerreotypes, the spectre of Denise, and the not-quite-all-there aloofness of Marie.

November 7, 2017 | Full Review…

Its cultivated artificiality may seduce you; if not, you are likely to be left longing for the creations of his past.

November 2, 2017 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

... Daguerrotype is certainly a mess, though it's easy to surmise why he was attracted to bring his interest in ghosts, phantoms, and psychological displacement to cinema's birthplace.

September 29, 2017 | Full Review…

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